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New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

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Address: 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone Number: 505-841-2800
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Description: Visitors explore the origins and geological history of the American...
Visitors explore the origins and geological history of the American Southwest through vivid displays including dinosaur models, ice-age cave replicas, a naturalist center and a walk-through volcano.
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You get both past and present history. Enjoy dinosaurs, solar systems, fossils AND the history of computers (ABQ is super important in the history of computers). Hands on area's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

You get both past and present history. Enjoy dinosaurs, solar systems, fossils AND the history of computers (ABQ is super important in the history of computers). Hands on area's and a cute gift store and café. Worth a visit.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We live in Mexico and know so much more about our pre-hispanic (& post-hispanic) culture than we know of the SW. This was one of two great options in Albuquerque to educate ourselves..

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Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My 8 year old son loved everything about this museum. It was less appealing to his younger siblings. They have a few cool exhibits such as where you walk over "lava". This museum is your typical natural history museum with rocks, gems, stuffed animals, dinosaurs, etc.

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Box Elder, South Dakota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

While camping at Kirkland AFB we drove downtown to the museum. Arrived at 1015 and was told we were almost their first customers. The volunteers are very helpful and direct visitors to the beginning of their time sensitive exhibits. We noticed several stations where docents would normally sit to answer patrons questions, but they were vacant due to the lack... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Our grandchildren loved the hands-on exhibit with the Mars Rover. Many other hands-on activities with a wonderful special exhibit on birds. Very friendly volunteers gave us special tips on things to see such as a huge fossil that had been found in New Mexico recently.

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San Francisco, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Some reviewers have commented that the displays are dumbed down or too simple. I beg to disagree. The information is presented in a way that is easy to digest and does not overwhelm the visitor with detail or trivia. We enjoyed the live animals available and talking about them with museum staff; they had a scorpion and a tarantula in... More 

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Arnold, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This museum is very well thought out. Start at the top at the formation of the solar system and travel down through ramps to present day New Mexico. A bit heavy on dinosaurs, but that's fine - New Mexico has rich dinosaur fossil fields, and they bring in the kids. Nothing bad about that - kids will love it. Creationists... More 

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San Jose, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

If you've seen museums in Chicago or London or have travelled, don't go here unless you are taking kids age 7-12. Not for adults. Displays rely too heavily on computers. Would rather see life size exhibits than sit at another terminal. Lots of buttons to push for displays, but some broken as kids just push and don't watch. And only... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Like so many museums nowadays the exhibit information is really being dumbed down. The displays themselves are well done but the associated text is not: a display with fossil skeletons of two dinosaurs postured with one attacking the other says "which one do you think will win?" but minimal scientific information given. Also too many kids in school tour groups.... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The museum is well priced for what you get. We visited with a 5 and 8 year old. They loved the dinosaurs and the underwater section. We recommend you start up the stairs, which makes it easier to navigate and the ages go in order. The only complaint is the kids did not enjoy the panda 3-D movie. They were... More 

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